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Sat Apr 16th 2016
Back-on-your-Bike Ride 2016 1*
Steve Swanton
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Start Location:
Update 16 April - weather is clearing after a wet start, but it will be a little chilly. Please wrap up warm! We may stop at the Lamb & Flag for coffee rather than the shops for ice creams!

Our Annual Spring Ride aimed at those who haven't been cycling much over the winter and want to dust off their bike and get the pedals turning again. Newcomers will be very welcome and it's an opportunity for club members to bring family and friends. Please note that children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This will be a gentle ride around the quiet lanes of the Vale of White Horse visiting the villages of Denchworth, Lyford, Southmoor and Charney Bassett. We'll stop regularly to catch our breath and take in the views and we'll a stop by the shop in Southmoor for refreshments (or ice creams) about half- way round. The full route will be about 16 miles but there are several short-cut options for those who would prefer a shorter ride.
Constance Gicquel
David Bridge
Erin Brady
Karen Townsin
Karl Blake
Kevin Brady
Lindsay Glover
Lorna Swanton
Marcia Griffith
Richard Kidd
Sarah Dore
Steve Boreham
Steve Swanton
Susan Holdroyd
Riders = 14

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It was decidedly chilly as we gathered in the car park. But the forecast was for better later, and despite the conditions 4 new faces and 14 riders in all for this year’s BoYBR. A warm welcome to Marcia, Lindsay, Kevin and his daughter Erin on their first rides with us and welcome back to those out for their first rides of the season.

We followed the route as planned to Lyford, where we stopped by the church, and then on to Southmoor. We allowed the ride to split into a number of groups each with experienced riders in support so that riders could go at their own pace. We stopped every few miles to regroup. Due to the temperature, nobody fancied an ice cream and we headed to the Lamb & Flag for a hot drink. Alas, it was shut!. However, the sun came out and we all enjoyed the gentle downhill run to Charney Bassett, where we found the Chequers to be open.

At this point the group split into 2 with 5 of the ladies deciding they would prefer to continue home, while the remaining 8 (Richard had already left us at Southmoor) stopped for a drink. Despite already having ridden her furthest ever on-road, Erin was up for the longer loop back. So, suitably, refreshed and in by now very pleasant afternoon sunshine, we continued, taking the road to Goosey and returning to Denchworth and Grove via Asti Stud.

There were beaming smiles all round at the finish. Well done to Erin on completing her longest ever ride. We look forward to seeing all our newcomers again when time allows. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable afternoons ride.

A photo to come.
25.75 km (16.00 mi)
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Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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